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Packing Smart

Readers offer ways to make the most into—and out of—your suitcase.

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A few wise words from Via readers can help you deal with baggage.

When preparing for a trip, Via readers roll their clothes, stuff small items into spare shoes, and make good use of plastic bags. Here are more ideas for smooth travels.

“Line clothes with tissue paper to combat wrinkles,” says Joan Storman of Millbrae, Calif.

“Restock your travel toothpaste and shampoo as soon as you finish a trip,” says Sue Finstick of Cedar City, Utah.

“Take a roll of duct tape,” says Linda Kite of Newark, Calif. “In case your suitcase zipper breaks or packages need wrapping.”

“Put some clothes in your companion’s suitcase, in case yours is lost en route,” says Julie Marigold of Incline Village, Nev.

“Bring wipes; they’re a lifesaver for spills,” says Irylaine Rustad of Medford, Ore.

Illustration by Michael Klein

This article was first published in September 2010. Some facts may have aged gracelessly.